My husband was told by his Dr. he has FSGS. He had a kidney biopsy. Now the Dr. told him his kidneys are working perfectly. But, something is causing protein to be eliminated in his urine. He is on prednisone. He has high blood pressure, and his leg is still swollen and a pinkish color. Can you help me to understand?

The kidney is not working normally if your husband has excess protein in the urine (proteinuria).  Focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is a disease that damages the filters of the kidney (glomeruli) and leads to excess protein loss from the body that causes swelling of the tissues in the body including the legs.  There are medications such as ACE-inhibitors and ARB agents that may help to treat the disease in addition to prednisone (cortisone) treatment.  I suggest that your husband consult with a nephrologist to see if other drugs should be used to treat the proteinuria.

 

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